Waterfront A Walk Around Manhattan

ISBN-10: 0385497148

ISBN-13: 9780385497145

Edition: N/A

Authors: Phillip Lopate

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East Side, West Side, from the Little Red Lighthouse to Battery Park City, the wonders of Manhattan’s waterfront are both celebrated and secret–hidden in plain sight. In his brilliant exploration of this defining yet neglected shoreline, personal essayist Philip Lopate also recovers a part of the city’s soul. A native New Yorker, Lopate has embraced Manhattan by walking every inch of its perimeter, telling stories on the way of pirates (Captain Kidd) and power brokers (Robert Moses), the lowly shipworm and Typhoid Mary, public housing in Harlem and the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. He evokes the magic of the once bustling old port from Melville’s and Whitman’s day to the era of the longshoremen in On the Waterfront, while appraising today’s developers and environmental activists, and probing new plans for parks and pleasure domes with river views. Whether escorting us into unfamiliar, hazardous crannies or along a Beaux Arts esplanade, Waterfront is a grand literary ramble and defense of urban life by one of our most perceptive observers.
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List price: $16.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/10/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 450
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Phillip Lopate is a professor at Columbia University, where he directs the graduate nonfiction program.

A Quick Start-Up of Mannahatta
The West Side
The Battery
Battery Park City
The World Trade Center
Excursus: The Harbor and the Old Port
Tribeca: The River Project
The Soho/Greenwich Village Corridor
Excursus: Outboard, or the Battle of Westway and Its Aftermath
Chelsea Piers, Chelsea, and Trocchi-Land
Excursus: Shipworms
From 42nd Street to Riverside South
Riverside Park and Manhattanville
Sewage Treatment Plant and Salsa Party
Washington Heights and Inwood
The East Side
Introduction: On the Aesthetics of Urban Walking and Writing
Captain Kidd and Pearl Street
Excursus: Sailors and Merchant Seamen in New York
The South Street Seaport and the Fulton Fish Market
Excursus: The Elusive Joseph Mitchell
The South Street Seaport (Continued)
The Brooklyn Bridge
Under the Bridges
Con Edisonland: From One Power Plant to Another
Excursus: Robert Moses, A. Revisionist Take
Tudor City, the United Nations, and the Upper East Side
East Harlem and Points North
Excursus: Ode to the Projects
North Brother Island
Highbridge Park
The Dilemma of Waterfront Development
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